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Thoughts upon the word of news – and vaginas

One aspect of the universality of social media and the internet is that it has not just broken the mould of what used to be the traditional (and for ages presumed unchangeable) means of news dissemination but actually blow the whole world of news information and human interaction wide-open. For [...]

February 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

Interesting times

We can all remember times when it seemed the world was just coasting along with nothing much happening – and there are periods like now (let me suggest that this one began about a decade ago) in which a metaphorical “Chaos” button somewhere on high has been pressed and all hell [...]

February 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

Sport and principles

Sport – either as a recreation or as simply a joyful celebration of what human beings can potentially achieve given the required combination of genetic gifts, hard work, beneficial nutrition, ambition, drive and no doubt random injects of good fortune – inevitable attracts some troubling [...]

February 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

Watching the modern world go by

During the course of this week – amongst other things (of course, we must not forget Brexit) – the British media has been featuring of pair of stories that some might argue have the archetypal ‘two sides’ to them and they both concern the youth of the nation. We need to dig down into [...]

February 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

Modern life

If you asked me to list the most negative aspects of modern life – and indeed possibly in the entire history of the human race – I would unhesitatingly nominate as joint Number One the 21st Century’s technological wherewithal [e.g. the internet, social media, website ‘cookies’, [...]

February 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

A day in the country

Yesterday, in a state of some trepidation, I was summoned at relatively short notice to a country retreat whose location must remain secret in order to attend a senior editorial meeting of this organ. Our Leader, fresh from attending the World Economic Forum annual meeting at Davos, was keen to [...]

February 12, 2019 // 0 Comments


… and here’s a scribe after my own heart: Tom Peck, a sketch writer from a newspaper that is not my favourite, scores a direct hit on the Government’s Defence Secretary, as spotted overnight upon the website of – THE [...]

February 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

Fings don’t always seem what they are, or used ter be …

Having briefly worked in television I’m broadly aware of the ‘tricks of the trade’ – real or imagined – because, of course, in broadcasting (as in every aspect of life) very little is actually what it seems. Or perhaps that should read ‘necessarily what it seems’. Whether it’s a [...]

February 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

In praise of simple things

Yesterday – bar one occasion when I was going to a social engagement that I felt necessitated a certain freshness and deliberately jumped in and endured a freezing cold one – I had my first ‘normal’ shower in my own home in exactly a month. It was an invigorating, luxurious, sensuous, [...]

February 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

Two passings

Yesterday when I was en route to my old friend’s A funeral I received a voice message that one of my parents’ closest friends, an entrepreneurial publisher and broadcaster, had passed away last Sunday. I had his birthday (March 13) in my diary as he now lives abroad and he likes to know whether [...]

February 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

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